We are delighted to send out this special Environmental Peacemaking News Alert:
After many years of relentless work towards protecting the beautiful terraced landscape of Battir, yesterday afternoon, June 20th, UNESCO registered Battir as a World Heritage Site in danger.
At this difficult moment of continued violence in the region, Battir remains a ray of hope for cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians towards a better future.
We now await the decision of the High Court of Israel as to whether the court will prevent the building of the separation barrier and accept our petition as FoEME that there are alternative means to maintain security without destroying what is officially, as of yesterday, a site of World Heritage to all of humanity and especially to Palestinians and Israelis together.
FoEME congratulates the Battir Village Council, our Good Water Neighbor communities, local Palestinian and Israeli activists, our staff and our many supporters for this UNESCO listing.